Recently, as you’ll be very aware, some teachers around the world have been thrust into teaching online without much training or time to prepare. Kate Knight, the Director of Studies at International House Milan, described this situation in a recent … Continue reading Tips for Teaching Online
I’ve become a bit of a fan of stoic philosophy recently, and I’ve found it very useful in helping me to reflect on who am I and how to live and teach. I won’t go into it here, but I … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
If, as Socretes said, an unexamined life was not worth living, then I would argue that an unexamined course is not worth taking. By this I mean that I think it’s crucial for learners to understand why they are doing … Continue reading Lesson Plan: Goal Setting
(Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas was an idea originally conceived by Sandy Millin, and shared on her blog of the same name. In her words… I will post a prompt for you to exercise your teaching muscles by making suggestions on … Continue reading (Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas: Speech Bubbles
Here’s a quick, fun warmer that you can use with students of any age. You could also use it as a way to review past simple verbs. I got this idea from a talk I saw Lindsay Clandfield do a … Continue reading Download Of The Month: Emoji Weekend Warmer
A new year and a new decade seems like a good point to get back into this blogging thing, doesn’t it? I’ve really missed it, as I think it was a crucial part of my professional development, but alas, in … Continue reading 10-Year Challenge
I’m delighted to present my second self-published book, Raise Up, written with my friend Ilá Coimbra. We wrote this book with a simple aim – what would a mainstream English language coursebook look like if it represented a wider range … Continue reading My new book – Raise Up!
At a school where I used to work some years ago, we had an English only policy. It wasn’t just English only in the lessons, which is one thing, but it was a 100% English only in the building policy. … Continue reading English only please!
Like many of you, I’m sure, I love books about language and it’s oddities, curiosities and weird little habits. I thought I’d share a few examples from my collection here with you, and while I can’t say I’ve read them … Continue reading Books For Language Lovers
Last month at the BRAZ-TESOL conference in Caxias do Sul, I was faced with the kind of decision making process that everyone has when you are at a big event like this – what talks do I see? When faced … Continue reading Relate Or Learn